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Going for growth

Midsize congregations learn to evangelize

Organizers are usually happy if volunteers turn out in expected numbers. So leaders at Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Dayton, Ohio, were overjoyed when 65 people — twice as many as had signed up — gathered on Palm Sunday to canvass its neighborhood.

Not even recent knee surgery stifled the enthusiasm of longtime member Nancy Henry. She drove and placed the church's door hangers on curbside mailboxes.

A week later, 115 more people attended Easter services than the previous year.


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